Between Mexican festivals, Ukraine Support And Expensive Mini Synths
Hello, welcome to another edition of Between Soap and Stuff, in these moments we can see the festivals and parties on clubs return while we have to face the constant war anxiety. We can say we completely forget the Ukraine-Russia conflict, but the reality is that would be the same if we reject the principles and electronic music origins.
Although not everything is sad or serious in this beautiful electronic music world, some artists give everything on stage even though they are criticized by those who do not understand underground concepts. We also have news about expensive gadgets and several notable singles, sit back and enjoy the top 10 news of the moment.
1. Silverio Made The Gossip Time on EDC Mexico
After several years on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, EDC Mexico is back with several unusual talents. Among all the line-up artists we find Silverio, Mexican DJ, and producer with a colorful show, not suitable for closed-minded people.
A moment of the musical celebration that has divided opinions was the act of Julián Lede, better known as Silverio because the artist undressed at the end of his presentation. Those of us who know the lord, his imperial majesty, found it a sublime but short presentation. Even more was the response to these criticisms in different media, where he simply made merch with each of the phrases put by those who commented on the set in a derogatory way.
2. United For Equity presents ‘Support Ukraine’ Fundraiser VA
Although the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be finally giving way, a bigger and more terrifying threat is coming: war. Although for many specialists in geopolitics the Russia-Ukraine conflict does not seem to be a prelude to the dreaded third world war, it does bring many issues to the table, some of which electronic music can do something about.
Global and digital music-based community United For Equity has dropped their ‘Support Ukraine’ Fundraiser VA, which aims to raise funds in support of the Ukrainian people. The new compilation is already available to purchase via their official Bandcamp page, and all proceeds will be donated to savelife.in.ua.
3. Behringer reveals Saturn, the £74 mini synth
Behringer has teased a Roland Jupiter-8 inspired analogue mini synth named Saturn. This synth includes three VCOs, a multimode filter, a built-in arpeggiator, and a 16-step motion sequencer. Saturn also has 27 touch-sensitive keys for “great playability” according to the company.
The producers can also link a larger MIDI keyboard as well as sync it to other synths or drum machines. The Saturn is powered from either your smartphone, power bank, or computer. Behringer also will be working in a full-size Jupiter-inspired synth in the future.
4. Recommended article: «Even in a pandemic, men won’t stop sexually harassing women in nightclubs»
The music scene has constantly struggled to be an equal place with men and women, fighting against one of the most harmful phenomena for its development: sexual harassment. Unfortunately, it seems that we are a few light-years away from being able to see this displaced, or so mentions a lofty editorial published by Mix Mag recently.
Phoebe Snedker together with more women, tell their experiences inside clubs being victims of harassment by male party-goers and even by people who are backstage in this beautiful scene but full of despicable behavior as well. At the same time, they offer recommendations and a call to stop normalizing these practices, as has happened in various studies carried out by governments.
5. Single of the week: REZZ & Subtronics- Puzzle Box
The Canadian with Ukrainian and Iranian descent, REZZ has become one of the benchmarks in the world bass and mid-scene. Her album «Spiral» has become one of the milestones of her musical career and in 2022 she complements that with a series of interesting collaborations. On this occasion, together with the bass talent Subtronics, presents the single «Puzzle Box» via Deadbeats and Cyclops Recordings.
«Puzzle Box» we can say is one of the few collaborations where we can hear both styles in 50%. On the one hand, the characteristic build-ups of Subtronics immerse us in a completely fragmented world, as if it were an unassembled puzzle box. On the other, REZZ brings to the track a groovy and powerful vibe that stirs most of our emotions to the rhythm of his style raised to a more thunderous level.
6. The Mexican music is the most popular thing in Mexico, According to Spotify Survey
Spotify Charts Mexico released a survey that analyzes the top 50 most listened albums in this country. the most listened-to genre is Regional Mexican with 15.9%, above Pop (14.8%), Reggaeton (13.6%), and trap (12.5%) in the count of the most popular albums that week. However, urban genres also dominate this count, as they have done in the counts of Argentina and Colombia, occupying 44.3% of the list as a whole.
57.1% of the nationalities of the artists present on the list are Mexican. They are followed by Puerto Rican and Colombian artists, with 16.7%, and American artists occupied 9.5% of the list. The set of multinational record companies represented 47.6% of the market share in the list of the 50 most popular albums in Mexico for the week that ended on February 24. Among them, Universal Music Group is at the head of the share of the majors, with 21.3% of the albums present on the list. For its part, the group of independent labels represented 52.4% of the list.
7. SoundCloud and Solid Foundation Joined Together to Create A&R Programs
SoundCloud is further expanding its creator and artist services operations through a new joint venture with Atlanta-based firm Solid Foundation. Under the deal, Solid Foundation’s parent company, QC Media Holdings, known for its Quality Control Music label, has invested in SoundCloud. The plan is that the Solid Foundation, and its founders, Kevin «Coach K» Lee and Pierre «P» Thomas, will now search for artists on the SoundCloud platform to work with and invest in.
SoundCloud and Solid Foundation will apply a combination of deep industry expertise – proprietary data and insights and resources to create custom A&R programs for select artists – including artist development, distribution, marketing, and services.
8. Berlin’s Clubs Have Reopened
If in Mexico we can complain about harsh restrictions on clubs and nightclubs due to the pandemic, in Europe the marches made by those who dedicate themselves to such incredible work were totally justified. After three months without being able to dance with everything and vaccines, officially this week the clubs in Berlin reopened with a dozen parties.
The people can go to these events without a mask and social distancing, however, all attendees must show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19, plus a negative antigen test. We could see the return of Klubnacht at Berghain (Ellen Allien, Dr. Rubinstein), plus Roof Booking Weekender at Hoppetosse (DJ Masda, Nicolas Lutz), Power House at Paloma (DJ Pete, Finn Johannsen), and Ukraine fundraiser hosted by Whole Festival, at OXI (Gigsta, Vale Budino).
9. Ultra Music Festival 2022 Sells Out
As we see the return of clubs, festivals are starting to see back their golden days that were snatched away due to the pandemic. Ultra Music Festival organizers announce the event has sold out its 2022 edition. Even after a pandemic, undoubtedly good news in the midst of so many lawsuits for not wanting to make refunds and several disputes typical of the challenges of a festival of this magnitude.
For those who were unable to secure a pass for the event, Ultra is sure to have an event Livestream as they have done for previous years. If you want to experience the festival in person, you may have a chance to purchase a pass from a re-seller or something like that. We will be very comfortable checking the transmission of Resistance or ASOT from our homes.
10. Last but not least: FISHER Announces Hi Ibiza Residency
To end Between Soap and stuff with good news, FISHER has something very special for all lovers of the modern and vintage house at the same time. He returns to the white isle this summer for his first headline residency at the world-renowned Hï Ibiza. Every Wednesday from 15th June to 28th September his headline performance will be joined by a carefully curated selection of world-class guest DJs.
«I cannot tell you how excited I am for this. It has been a dream of mine to have my own headline residency in Ibiza, the home of the most epic parties in the world, so for it to finally be happening is such a buzz. Ibiza, brace yourselves… The Fish is coming«FISHER